March 31, 2015
Australia: Steroid use had increased by about 200 per cent since 2008
A Gold Coast criminologist is heading a research project into why the use of performance-enhancing drugs has skyrocketed in Queensland.
Dr Terry Goldsworthy from Bond University said data from the Australian Crime Commission showed steroid use had increased by about 200 per cent since 2008 and Queensland accounted for about 60 per cent of steroid arrests. He said his research aimed to identify the psychological consequences of using steroids, how widespread the use of steroids was, the associated mental and physical impacts of the drugs, trying to determine how people were obtaining the drugs and why they were using them. “When you use a drug to make yourself look good and it makes you feel good, then you stop using that drug and you don’t look as good any more, it’s quite logical that you may not feel as good,” he said. “So we’re looking at the psychological aspects and we’re asking people about that. “Do they feel that they’ve had that psychological need to continue to use even if they know it’s bad for them?” Dr Goldsworthy said his research would investigate the links between steroids and criminal organisations. “What linkages are there to criminal activity to get those?” he said. “Are they obtaining them lawfully through doctors and prescriptions or is there a real market for the unlawful obtaining of these type of drugs? “So just trying to get a feel for what’s going on in the community and from that we’re hoping to I guess develop some kind of policies for community awareness.” He said the research was trying to identify which countries the drugs were being bought from, to help police stop the problem. “I’m not seeing anyway anecdotally these big arrests coming through of people who’ve got major production facilities in regards to steroids,” he said. “I haven’t seen too much of that myself. I think we’re getting a lot of steroids from a lot of individuals coming from overseas. “Where they’re sourcing them from overseas is one of the questions we’re trying to answer.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/gold-coast-study-to-probe-steroid-use/6350018